Iranian President calls for China’s more outstanding role in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao in Bangkok on Sunday underlined the need for Beijing to play a more active and important role in Syria and Yemen.

During the meeting on the sidelines of the 2nd Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) summit, President Rouhani stressed Iran and China’s common views on different regional and international issues, and said, “China can play an important role in restoring peace and stability in the region, specially humanitarian aid to the oppressed regional people, including in Yemen and Syria.”

Li, for his part, stressed that Tehran-Beijing cooperation has entered a new chapter, adding that China welcomes expansion of cooperation with Iran in all fields.

He referred to the Chinese president’s recent visit to Tehran, and said, “After the visit, the level of relations between the two countries has enhanced to a strategic level and agreements between the two countries are also being implemented.”

The Iranian president’s call for China’s more active role came as sources analyzing the Syrian crisis in Beirut said early this month that they have come to realize that the US agents are studying China’s possible deployment of anti-tank TOW missiles near Lattakia after increased concerns about the activities of Uighur terrorists beside the al-Qaeda and other militant groups in Syria.

The revelation came several weeks after Guan Youfei, the Chinese military official charged with overseeing international cooperation, held a meeting with Syrian Defense Minister General Fahad Jassim al-Freij in Damascus, and signaled Beijing’s willingness to boost military cooperation with the Damascus government.

The daily Global Times cited the Chinese Defense Ministry as saying in August that both sides agreed to expand personnel training and humanitarian aid to the Syrians via the Chinese military.

The Chinese military “is willing to strengthen cooperation with its Syrian counterparts,” it quoted the ministry as saying.

Reports said in June that China is showing increased concerns about the ISIL members’ infiltration into the border province of Xinjiang.

According to reports by Chinese newspapers, Beijing tightened security controls in Xinjiang by taking DNA tests from residents who demand receiving immigration and traveling documents.

After Youfei’s visit to Damascus in August, the Chinese defense ministry spokesman said Beijing’s military would provide training for Syrian armed forces, adding that it would take place on Chinese soil.

Beijing is a longstanding backer of the Syrian government of Bashar Assad, which has engaged in a bloody war against terror groups that has left more than 290,000 people dead and displaced millions since it began in 2011.

Also in the same month, media sources disclosed that a Chinese military delegation in a visit to Damascus explored avenues for the dispatch of a number of warplanes to Syria to intensify war on terrorism in the Middle-Eastern country.

“In a surprising visit, a Chinese military delegation conferred with Syrian Defense Minister Fahad Jassim al-Freij over engagement of Chinese fighter jets in bombardments of terrorist groups’ positions in Syria, mainly in Aleppo,” Debka file quoted a military analyst as saying.

“Chinese jets may launch bombing of positions of Jeish al-Islami al-Turkistani with over 3,000 Uighur fighter,” the analyst quoted senior spy officers of the US intelligence as saying.

By Fars News Agency